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Canadian students fail to engineer car-dangling prank

A botched university prank to suspend a car from a Vancouver bridge earlier this week has left five engineering students facing criminal charges.

The University of British Columbia students were caught as they tried to lower the shell of a Volkswagen Beetle from the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge at night. However, despite the fact that these were engineering students and one would assume they'd be able to have the car suspended, the cables actually ended up failing, which then sent the VW plunging into the waters of Vancouver harbour.

There were no injuries, but the students were arrested, with police recommending they be charged with criminal mischief causing more than C$5,000 in damages.

The dangling-car prank has become an annual tradition to publicize the university's engineering week. In one incident in 2001, a car was secretly suspended from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, causing a massive traffic jam.

[Source: AFP]

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